In the last few slow runs I have experienced something odd. Odd, as in pain in the achilles/ankle/calf. The right one. After about a mile, WHACK! Shooting pain that makes me limp to a walk. “That’s odd,” I would think. The pain would go away in a few steps, then I’d finish my run feeling fine. I don’t feel pain any other time. Odd.
It’s not inflamed, it’s not sore to the touch or pinch. My movement isn’t restricted. In fact, running fast is pain free. Just running slow, after about a mile, then it goes away. Don’t you think that’s odd?
I twisted my right ankle a bunch this year so far, what with all the trail running. I also experimented a bit with my form, not letting my heels touch the ground. That went from feeling interesting to painful really fast. More recently I had been thinking about the possibility of heel-landing gently, and tried it for a few steps. Let’s just say I’ve lost interest on testing the issue.
On top of all the miles I’ve been putting in, I just finished my ten fitness sessions with Thad. Most of it was core stuff, but there was a good amount of leg work. Nothing hurt, but what I’m thinking my achilles is telling me is that I need a break. Or as Jeff of Logic of Long Distance puts it, I need to take my foot off the accelerator so I can shift gears. Do read the link if you care about things like being a good runner, etc. In fact, most of his writing should be of interest to such hobbyists.
This means no Owl’s Roost Rumble, but I’ll be there to volunteer. Sunny is not happy about missing her morning runs, which by the way might also have contributed to the ankle/tendon/calf experience what with all the leash-yanking towards stray cats, but she’ll have to cope.
I can’t afford to deal with an injury of the achilles magnitude, which is not to suggest that could I afford it I would be happy as punch to give the ol’ achilles rupture a whirl, so I’m going to play it very safe and take at least two weeks off. I feel fine now aside from a little stiffness in both my ankles, which means I’m probably going to feel fine in a week when I’ll be craving a run. This is going to be an interesting test of willpower. Fun!
I’d love to know what that pain is, though. Probably a hodgepodge of a bunch of things, like early tendonosis, a dash of unhealed minor ankle sprain (self-diagnosed in hindsight), and a heaping teaspoon of inadequate recovery for a man my age. If it’s nothing, the two weeks off won’t do any harm other than missing out on some good running weather. If it’s a pre or minor injury, then the two weeks in running exile will be just what’s needed. If it’s a serious injury, well, we’ll find out in two weeks, won’t we?
What’s that you say about seeing a doctor? Ha ha ha ha ha, you’re funny. I’m not going to a doctor until I can order what I want from a menu with prices.
The extra time should result in more blog posts. Clear your schedules accordingly.